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Owen Hughes


Owen Hughes was born in Holyhead, Wales in 1895 to Hugh Hughes and Ellen Williams. He was the third of their four children and the only son. Hugh Hughes was a Labourer and Coal Porter, and the 1911 census gave the added information that he was working for the Royal Mail Service. The family lived first in Back Bath Street and then moved to 7 Bonc Wanc. Ellen Hughes died in 1912 aged forty-three and Hugh Hughes died in May 1918 aged fifty-eight.

Owen Hughes enlisted in the Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry at Wrexham and in October 1918 was with the 2/1st Reserve Regiment which had moved to Ireland in May of that year. Returning home on leave he travelled on RMS Leinster on the 10th of October. He did not survive the sinking nor was his body recovered. The North Wales Chronicle reported on the 18th that he had been taken to a Dublin hospital where he died, along with a crew member, Owen Richard Hughes, also from Holyhead. However this was a confusion of the two names.

Owen Hughes is remembered on the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton and also on the Hughes family grave in Maeshyfrydd Cemetery in Holyhead. His younger sister Elizabeth appears to have been named as his next-of-kin and received his effects and back pay.



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